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One Track Mind: Nnenna Freelon, “Swingle Jingle Bells” from Christmas (2013)

One Track Mind: Nnenna Freelon, “Swingle Jingle Bells” from Christmas (2013)

Nnenna Freelon arrives like an effervescent burst of champagne bubbles, cooing and scatting along to one of Frank Foster’s final arrangements on the opening track from her forthcoming Yuletide set.

Half Notes: John Brown Trio – Dancing with Duke (2011)

Dancing with Duke, the second album as a leader from North Carolina bassist John Brown (Nnenna Freelon), follows the thematic pattern established by his well-received initial recording — a tribute to Art Blakey. But this homage to Ellington explores more interesting territory, in that Blakey’s music has always been associated with a gripping, meat-off-the-bone groove. Ellington’s work, unfortunately, can sometimesRead More

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